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Lee, Robert (PhD)

Coordinator/Asst Professor
Department of Political Science & Public Administration
Office: MH 0146
Phone: 239-590-7704
Email: rlee@fgcu.edu

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Education

Doctorate of Public Administration, Nova Southeastern University, 2000
Master of Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh, 1979
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pittsburgh, 1977

Specialties

Local Government Management (Counties, Municipalities, and Special Districts)

Research and Teaching Interests

Scholarly research focuses on local government finance, personnel, and policy. Practitioner research focuses on public finance, public records, meetings, ethics, and management. Priority is given to research that bridges both academic and practitioner interests.
Teaching responsibilities are exclusively Master of Public Administration courses with a local government focus, including developing and teaching courses for the Department's Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management.

Courses Offered

Public Budgeting, Public Personnel Management, Introduction to Public Administration, Administrative Ethics, Public Finance, Strategic Planning, and Management of Nonprofits.

Publications

  • Lee, Robert and Sarah Hannah-Spurlock. "Women in Government: Research Examines Possible Factors Influencing Ascent to Top Job". Public Management, (2018), September.
  • Lee, Robert and Sarah Hannah-Spurlock. "Bridging Academic and Practitioner Interests on Inter-local Collaboration: Seasoned Managers Share Their Experiences in Florida". State and Local Government Review, (2015), June 1 - 7.
  • Lee, Robert and Sarah Hannah Spurlock. "Bridging Interests on Local Government Collaboration: Florida Managers Share Their Experiences". Public Management (2015), August.
  • Lee, Robert and Andrew Thompson. "Public-Private Sector Compensation: An Analysis in Florida". Compensation and Benefits Review, (2013).
  • Yahong Zhang, Robert Lee, and Kaifeng Yang. "Knowledge and Skills for Policy-Making: Stories From Local Government Managers in Florida". Journal of Public Affairs Education, (2012), 18, 1, 183-208.
  • Lee, Robert and Joseph Vonasek. "Police and Fire Pensions in Florida: A Historical Perspective and Cause for Concern". Compensation and Benefits Review, (2011) 43, 3, 164-170.
  • Lee, Robert and Michael Abels. "Designing Local Government for the 21st Century". Public Management, (2010), November.
Book Chapters:
  • Lee, Robert. "Understanding County Finance". Book Chapter in Florida County Government Guide, Florida Association of Counties, (2018).
  • Lee, Robert. "Operations Budgeting". Book Chapter in Florida County Government Guide, Florida Association of Counties, (2018).
  • Lee, Robert. "Capital Budgeting". Book Chapter in Florida County Government Guide, Florida Association of Counties, (2018).
  • Lee, Robert. "County Indebtedness". Book Chapter in Florida County Government Guide, Florida Association of Counties, (2018).
  • Hurst, Dena and Robert Lee. "Meeting Procedure, Organization, and Public Participation". Book Chapter in Florida County Government Guide, Florida Association of Counties, (2018).

Special Reports/White Papers:

  • Lee, Robert. "An evaluation of the Working Relationship Among Senior Employees in the City of Wauchula, Florida (2016), November.
  • Lee, Robert. " Evaluation of City Services and Operations for the City of St. Augustine Beach" (2014), June.
  • Lee, Robert. "An Overview of the History and Current Trends of Fire Pensions in Florida: A Study for the 2012 City of Oakland Park Special Master Hearing Scheduled for August 24, 2012", August.
  • Lee, Robert. "City of Chattahoochee: Evaluation of City Hall Staffing". (2012), March.
  • Lee, Robert. " A Comparative Analysis of County Government Forms in Similar Size Counties in the United States and Review of Broward County's 2006-08 Charter Review Process involving Broward County's Form of Government". (2011), September.

Conference Presentations

  • Twice a year, Bob serves as a conference Presenter/Instructor for the Florida League of Cities' Advanced Institute for Elected Officials and presents a special program at their annual conference each year entitled "Cities 101".
  • Once a year, Bob serves as the primary Presenter/Instructor for the Florida Association of Special Districts Management Certification Program held in Tallahassee.
  • Once a year, Bob serves as a conference Presenter/Instructor for the Florida Association of City Clerks Annual Fall Academy.
  • Several times a year, Bob serves as a Presenter/Instructor for the Florida League of Cities' to provide regional training for the state mandated 4 - hours ethic training for local officials in Florida.
  • Bob hosts a monthly webinar on trending local government issues for the Florida City and County Management Association and a quarterly webinar for the Florida Association of City Clerks.

Grants & Awards

  • Bob is a Past President of the Florida City and County Management Association and is a past recipient of several FCCMA awards including the Michael J. Roberto Award for Career Development.
  • Bob is a Past President of the American Society for Public Administration (Suncoast Chapter) and a recipient of its Picot B. Floyd Public Leadership Award.
  • Bob is the recipient of the coveted National Council on Public History's Michael C. Robinson Prize for a historical study (peer review scholarship) that contributed directly to the formation of public policy.

Before joining FGCU, Bob served six years as the Senior Executive in Residence at Florida State University's Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. Before joining FSU, Bob had a rewarding 26 year City Management career serving the Florida cities of Naples, Gulfport, and Lauderhill, and in Bellevue, Pennsylvania.